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Militia leader pleads guilty to ID theft

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man accused of stealing identification information from members of his former Army unit has pleaded guilty to an identity theft charge.

Prosecutors say Keith Michael Novak, of Maplewood, is a self-described militia commander who planned to use the stolen information to make fake IDs for his militia members.

He entered his guilty plea in federal court in Minneapolis on Monday. Judge Patrick Schiltz ordered that he remain in custody. A sentencing date has not been set.

According to court documents, Novak was on active duty with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg in North Carolina from 2009 to 2012, served in Iraq in 2010, and later joined the Minnesota National Guard. An FBI affidavit says he shared information on members of his former unit with undercover agents.


Deputy shot, wounded in Norman County

PERLEY, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say a 19-year-old man from Fertile is under arrest for shooting a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop in northwestern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the Norman County deputy was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and was treated and released from a hospital.

The BCA says the deputy was conducting a traffic stop about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday near Perley. The deputy was arresting an 18-year-old man on a warrant when the man's brother shot the deputy in the back.

The officer returned fire, but the suspect fled in the vehicle. He was arrested about two hours later at a vacant farm about three miles north of the shooting.

The deputy's name was not released. He's on standard administrative leave. The BCA is investigating.


Police say Moorhead man tried to kill girlfriend

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) - Police are accusing a Minnesota man of trying to kill his girlfriend by choking her, punching her and beating her with a metal bat in their apartment.

Authorities say 34-year-old Michael Karau has been charged with attempted murder and three counts of assault.

Court documents don't show an attorney for Karau. He is due in court April 25.

Records show Karau's girlfriend has several broken bones and has clumps of hair missing from her head.

Authorities say the Moorhead man also tried to drown her in the bathtub.

The woman told police she has been dating Karau for almost a year. Police say she told investigators Karau had assaulted her at least twice before. She said Karau was highly intoxicated during the incident that lasted several hours.


GOP Senate hopeful McFadden has $1.8M reserve

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden has nearly $2 million in reserve as the campaigns start to heat up.

McFadden's campaign released totals Tuesday for the first three months of 2014. The first-time candidate raised more than $600,000 during that time, leaving him with $1.8 million cash on hand.

By comparison, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has nearly $6 million in reserve for his re-election bid. Last Friday the first-term Democrat reported raising $2.72 million during the first three months of 2014, leaving him with $5.9 million in cash on hand as of April 1.

Republicans have yet to settle on a nominee and may not until an August primary. Besides McFadden, leading contenders for the GOP nomination include St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg and state Sen. Julianne Ortman.


Man accused of abusing girls in 'Maidens Group'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing girls who lived in his Minnesota group's camp as part of a "Maidens Group" is facing 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Pine County authorities said Tuesday that an arrest warrant has been issued but they're still looking for 52-year-old Victor Arden Barnard. The sheriff's office says he was last known to be in the Spokane, Wash., area.

The criminal complaint says the two victims were among several girls and young women who lived apart from their families in a camp that Barnard set up near the town of Finlayson, about 90 miles north of Minneapolis.

One woman says Barnard sexually abused her from the ages of 13 to 22. The other alleges he abused her for years starting when she was 12.


Heavy snow expected in east central Minn, NW Wis

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Just when you thought we might have turned the corner on winter-like weather comes word of 9 to 14 inches of snow expected in east central Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.

Forecasters expect the heaviest snow to fall between Duluth and Hinckley, Minn., and in the northwestern Wisconsin counties closest to Lake Superior. The National Weather Service posted a winter storm watch for late Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

Winds gusts of 30 to 40 mph could reduce driving visibility to less than one-quarter of a mile, especially closer to the lake.


Millions pumping through Minn. campaign stream

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Millions of campaign dollars are already coursing through the Minnesota campaign system, which should leave no shortage of biting television commercials and brochures in mailboxes attempting to sway voters.

Candidates, political parties and independent groups gave a rundown Tuesday of their fundraising and spending for the first few months of the year. The reports were filed with campaign regulators.

Incumbency again proved its advantage, as candidates already in office came away in the best financial shape.

Gov. Mark Dayton has substantially more money in reserve than six GOP challengers combined, but some of those rivals kept up with the Democrat in fundraising from January through March.

Among parties, majority House Democrats have $1 million in the bank compared with about $618,000 for the House Republican campaign arm.

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